Infrastructure research network Language and Perception

Exactly when does linguistic input become relevant for understanding what we perceive? And when does perceptual input influence what we understand from hearing a sentence? How do language and perception co-vary across the lifespan and how do they interact? Is this interaction impaired in deficient populations? These are some of the questions raised by this researcher network.

This project aims to address the interface between language and perception, and how they mutually inform each other. Both are essential in our day-to-day interaction with the environment: perception guides how humans process the rich sensory input from the surrounding world and helps us plan our actions; language is essential in describing what we see, in communication to conspecifics, and instrumental in planning joint action.

The links between these systems go beyond the view that they independently process, but feed into one another. Perceived context influences the comprehension of linguistic input, and linguistic input influences what we perceive.

But exactly when does linguistic input become relevant for understanding what we perceive? And when does perceptual input influence what we understand from hearing a sentence? How do language and perception co-vary across the lifespan and how do they interact? Is this interaction impaired in deficient populations?

While some of these issues have been covered by current research, they are poorly and fragmentarily understood, and only within each field independently. This network recruits Nordic and European expertise from linguistics, psychology, cognitive science, computer science and neuroscience to provide coherent informed answers. The main aim is to strengthen the quality of research and research training and to increase collaboration across the Nordic countries in close interaction with leading European units by making use of the advanced experimental infrastructure available on all participating sites.

Facts about the project
Project manager

Mila Vulchanova, NTNU, Norway

mila.vulchanova@ntnu.no

Funding scheme
Researcher networks
Duration
2011-2014